Sunday, 17 December 2017

Planning row set to continue

A GARDEN centre in a dispute over unauthorised expansion has had a planning application refused.

A GARDEN centre in a dispute over unauthorised expansion has had a planning application refused.

Rob Scott, owner of Hare Hatch Sheeplands, had asked for a certificate of lawful use for retail on the site near Wargrave, which he claims started in 2002.

But Wokingham Borough Council said it couldn’t approve the application as it was currently pursuing enforcement action against Mr Scott for unlawful expansion on the site.

It also said Mr Scott had failed to prove the land had been used as a retail site for at least 10 years.

The garden centre has been the subject of enforcement action since 2012 when Mr Scott was first accused of using green belt land without permission and extending a café and play area.



Earlier this month, the council took Mr Scott to court after accusing him of ignoring the enforcement notice. The hearing was deferred until later this year.

There is also due to be a judicial review into the council’s refusal to grant planning permission for a petting farm and play area, while a separate appeal against the council’s decision not to grant a certificate of lawful use for the site will be held in September.

 About 10,000 people signed a petition calling for the action to be dropped but the council said it could not recognise it.



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